Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all.
The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)
What a privilege it is to get to worship our Lord together every week! Last Sunday we welcomed Caleb and Allie King, visiting with us after having recently moved to Colorado from Oklahoma. It was also good to have Courtney Justice back with us. She has recently moved back to Colorado and will be working in Boulder. If you are a guest here today, we are delighted to have you and hope we’ll get a chance to visit with you.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
We collected 34 boxes for OCC this year. Thanks much for bringing joy and showing the love of Christ to children in faraway places.
There will be a leaders meeting today in the fellowship room following our morning assembly to discuss the work of the church here. This meeting is open to all members. If you have an item you would like to have discussed, please let one of the leaders know. Feel free to bring your lunch if you so desire.
THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKETS
We have had a great response to the request for items to help those in need to have a good Thanksgiving meal. Today is the last Sunday to place items on the table in the fellowship room. Suggested items to bring are canned or instant potatoes, canned sweet potatoes, canned vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, carrots), stuffing mix, gravy mix, cranberry sauce, evaporated milk, canned pumpkin or pudding, pie crust mix or graham cracker crust. In recent years we have given food to the Denver Rescue Mission, but if you need help with your Thanksgiving meal, or know someone else who does, please speak to the elders.
ON THE BULLETIN BOARD
• A newsletter describing the work at Colorado Christian Services, which places children for adoption into Christian families.
• A Christmas catalog, entitled “Hope for the Holidays,” providing a list of ways to financially help Christian Relief Fund accomplish good works throughout the world.
• The newsletter for the Namikango Mission in Malawi, Africa.
John Watkins requests prayer for his sister, Marty. She is making some progress following shoulder replacement surgery, but she still has pain and cannot fully grip with her right hand, seriously limiting her work as a nurse. John also asks prayer for Brandi Brooks, who is pregnant with twins and has been put on bed rest until her delivery in late December.
ONGOING PRAYER CONCERNS
Please continue in prayer for these loved ones and their various needs:
• Katrina Gallo, Sally McCleary, Anna Dvoracek, Betty Fox, Danielle Fisher, Cara Barnes, Deby Mahoney, Christina Thompson.
• Our loved ones in the armed forces and law enforcement and their families: Anthony Patterson, Paul Germany, and Lawrence Hilton.
We continue our study of the apostle Peter’s New Testament writings with a look at 1 Peter 4:12-19. This morning’s lesson examines the encouraging subject of “Rejoicing in Suffering.” This afternoon we will look at biblical verses that answer the question, “What will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
Jesus came to break the bondage that sin has over us while living in this broken world. We will look at Luke 4:16-30, which is an account of Jesus attending a sabbath day synagogue gathering. He makes the amazing announcement that he fulfills God’s wonderful promises found in Isaiah 61:1-2.